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Bruce Reyes-Chow

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There is something really comforting about a pulpit. After a while it feels like that old comfy chair that you’ve had since college.

When you curl up into that pulpit space on Sunday morning, you know where you can lean, you know every nook and cranny and there is protection from all that might ail you in the world. For preachers it is the place that is “ours,” a place where no one else can tell us what to say—it’s all between me, the text, and the Holy Spirit. With fear and trembling we get up there each week and pray that the Holy Spirit shows up.


This is an excerpt from an essay in Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50. Download the e-book for free.

About Bruce Reyes-Chow

Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 1995, Bruce Reyes-Chow has served two congregations, one an intergenerational church in need of redevelopment and a new church plant made up of 20s and 30s hoping to reclaim church life in urban San Francisco. From 2008-2010 he was Moderator of the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He is currently one of those “consultant” types who makes his way, writing, speaking, teaching, and drinking coffee. He is also studying for a